October 16, 2020 Press Releases

NEW RADIO AD: Messner Denies Pre-Existing Conditions, Shaheen Fights for Health Care

October 16, 2020
Contact: Ally Livingston, alivingston@jeanneshaheen.org

Manchester, N.H. – The Shaheen campaign is running a new radio ad highlighting Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s commitment to protect and improve access to quality, affordable health care, especially for people with pre-existing conditions, in contrast with her opponent, Corky Messner. During their first debate, Messner denied that more than half a million Granite Staters have a pre-existing condition that insurance companies could use to deny them coverage or raise their costs if the Affordable Care Act was repealed. One of every two Americans has a pre-existing condition like diabetes or asthma, and the ACA prevents insurance companies from denying them coverage or charging higher premiums. In the Senate, Jeanne Shaheen has led bipartisan efforts to save the ACA and its protections for Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions, and to lower premiums and get cheaper prescription drugs to market.

“Corky Messner denied the realities of the 572,000 Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions who will lose protections for their health care if he succeeds in repealing the Affordable Care Act,” said campaign manager Harrell Kirstein. “In the middle of a pandemic that has killed more than 210,000 Americans, Messner is pushing to take away health care. Jeanne Shaheen has led the fight to make sure pre-existing conditions are protected and she is continuing to work across the aisle to expand access and lower health care costs. Granite Staters can rely on Jeanne Shaheen to continue fighting to protect their care.”

In the Senate, Jeanne Shaheen has fought to protect and expand access to quality, affordable health care, to lower prescription drug prices, and stop surprise medical bills. When the Trump administration and Senate Republicans tried to repeal the ACA, Jeanne Shaheen helped lead the bipartisan effort to block them, and she continues to fight against the Trump administration’s lawsuit to eliminate the ACA and the protections it provides for more than 500,000 Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions. She has also pushed for legislation to expand health care tax credits for the middle class and to lower insulin prices and has taken on the big drug companies to get cheaper generic drugs to market and allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices.

Listen to the ad here.